Death toll in China mine disaster rises to 87

Death toll in China mine disaster rises to 87


The site of gas explosion at the Xinxing mine in Hegang on Sunday. AP

The death toll from a coal mine blast in northeast China has risen to 87, with 21 other miners still trapped, state media reported on Sunday.

Rescuers have located eight of the trapped workers but it is unclear if they are alive, the China News Service reported.

The toll rose from 42 dead and 66 trapped on Saturday evening. The blast occurred yesterday at 2:30 am at the coal mine in Heilongjiang province, according to a statement issued by the State Administration of Work Safety.

A total of 528 miners were working in the pit, near Hegang City, when the blast occurred, the state administration said.

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